Sunday, November 14, 2010

14 November 1973 - Capello's Early Job Audition

On 14 November 1973, Italy beat England at Wembley with a late goal from future England manager Fabio Capello.

Capello, then a midfielder for Juventus, was in only his second year with the Azzurri. But he had already scored against England, helping lead Italy to their first-ever win over the Three Lions in Turin five months earlier.

When the teams met again in a friendly at Wembley that November, they were locked in a defensive struggle for most of the match, with Italy's Dino Zoff and England's Peter Shilton each performing well in goal. As full-time neared, striker Giorgio Chinaglia beat defender Bobby Moore and sent a cross in to Capello, who knocked it past Shilton for the match's only goal. It was Italy's second win over England and their first at Wembley.

Capello scored only 8 times in his international career, which lasted until 1976. In 1991, he turned to management and took charge of England in 2008.

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